The giant tube worm Riftia pachyptila

Riftia pachyptila
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This is not photoshop, no clever graphics, no movie scene… it’s a hydrothermal worm…And it’s a real creature.

It’s just really, really small. So small in fact, that this image comes from an electron microscope.

The full image, courtesy of FEI and Philippe Crassous

Thanks, Mike

2 thoughts on “The giant tube worm Riftia pachyptila

  1. Ramos says:

    This is not Riftia Pachyptila.. in fact, you’re lucky if they’re even in the same order. Just google “riftia pachyptila” and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Completely different organism.

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